Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) FAQs

Date: 12th May 2020   By: Myles Woodman   length: 5 minutes   Tags: Estates  

We have created a series of FAQs to support CPC members with the procurement of PPE.

  1. What PPE products are CPC suppliers able to provide?

    The suppliers on CPC’s PPE, Clothing and Uniforms framework are able to provide a wide range of high demand items. This includes Antibacterial Gel, Gloves, 3ply Masks and Aprons as well as other PPE items. Other items like Thermal Scan Thermometers and Protective Screens can be purchased through other frameworks we offer such as our Building Materials, Tools and Hardware Supplies and Stationery and Education Supplies.

    CPC has created a framework identifier which can be used by members to find the most suitable framework for key PPE items. Click here to download the framework identifier spreadsheet (last updated 16/06/2020).

  2. How fast can suppliers deliver items on the framework?

    The majority share of PPE that is currently in the supply chain is being bought by the NHS and lead times for items are increasing. CPC has been liaising with suppliers to find out what the lead times and stock levels are for high demand items and this information can be seen in the table below. Please be advised that the data included within the table is for guidance only. Supplier lead time and stock level data was collated at 3pm 07/08/2020 and members should be aware that these figures are subject to change. CPC are talking to suppliers on a weekly basis to update this information and will share this when we have updates.

    Supplier LA Clothing Arden Winch Direct Corporate Clothing LA Safety Supplies Hardedge Trinity CMT Arco
    Item Lead Time Stock Level Lead Time Stock Level Lead Time Stock Level Lead Time Stock Level Lead Time Stock Level Lead Time Stock Level Lead Time Stock Level Lead Time Stock Level
    Antibacterial Gel 500ml 5 days 1000 TBC TBC 1 day 28k bottles 5 days 1000 TBC TBC 2- 3 days 100000+ TBC TBC 2- 3 days In Stock
    Antibacterial Gel 5l 5 days 250 TBC TBC 3-5 days On request 5 days 250 TBC TBC 2- 3 days 100000+ TBC TBC 2- 3 days In Stock
    Antiviral Wipes and Dispensers 5 days 750 TBC TBC 1 day 100k + 5 days 750 TBC TBC 2- 3 days 100000+ TBC TBC 2- 3 days In Stock
    Mobile Sanitiser Stations 10 days 0 TBC TBC 3-5 days On request 10 days 0 TBC TBC 2- 3 days 1000+ TBC TBC 2- 3 days In Stock
    FFP2 Masks 3 days 1000 TBC TBC 1 day 1.3 mill 3 days 1000 TBC TBC 2- 3 days 10000+ TBC TBC 2- 3 days In Stock
    3 Ply Masks 3 days 50,000 TBC TBC 1 day 45k boxes 3 days 50,000 TBC TBC 2- 3 days 100000+ TBC TBC 2- 3 days In Stock
    Reusable Mask 3 days 7500 TBC TBC 3-5 days On request 3 days 7500 TBC TBC 2- 3 days 100000+ TBC TBC 2- 3 days In Stock
    Protective Goggles 3 days 750 TBC TBC 1 day 20k 3 days 750 TBC TBC 2- 3 days 1000+ TBC TBC 2- 3 days In Stock
    Face Shields/Visor 3 days 1500 TBC TBC 1 day 500 3 days 1500 TBC TBC 2- 3 days 10000+ TBC TBC 2- 3 days In Stock
    Gloves 3 days 2000 TBC TBC Sept Awaiting stock 3 days 2000 TBC TBC 2- 3 days 100000+ TBC TBC 2- 3 days In Stock
    Aprons 3 days 5000 TBC TBC 1 day 65k 3 days 5,000 TBC TBC 2- 3 days 10000+ TBC TBC 2- 3 days In Stock
    Disposable Overalls 3 days 500 TBC TBC 1 day 2000 3 days/td> 150 TBC TBC 2- 3 days 10000+ TBC TBC Unable to Supply Unable to Supply
    Thermal Scan Thermometers 3 days 100 TBC TBC 3-5 days On request 3 days 100 TBC TBC 2- 3 days 1000+ TBC TBC Unable to Supply Unable to Supply
    COVID 19 Test Kits Unable to Supply Unable to Supply TBC TBC 3-5 days On request Unable to Supply Unable to Supply TBC TBC Approx 1–2 weeks TBC TBC TBC 2- 3 days In Stock
  3. Is Direct Award Available on the new PPE, Clothing and Uniforms framework?

    Direct award is available on the CPC’s new PPE, Clothing and Uniforms framework. Direct award may be used where the members requirements are well defined and the cost of required items can be determined from the provided price lists within the User Guide, without the need for amendment or supplementary conditions or if there is an urgent need. The User Guide can be found on the PPE, Clothing and Uniforms framework webpage.

  4. Are CPC doing anything about price forecasting?

    CPC have been discussing cost forecasting for PPE in an ever changing market environment with the approved framework suppliers. This is updated from the information that was provided 2 weeks ago and was influenced by the spike in cases from the US and other Countries. The suppliers have provided the following comments on short and long term pricing on high demand items and this is detailed in the bullet points below.

    • 3 PLY Masks: Prices are reducing and expected to bottom out in September.
    • Disposable gloves: Prices continue to rise and availability is getting worse. Not expected to improve until 2021.
    • FFP2 masks: Prices are dropping but only slightly expected to stay as they are now until the end of 2020.
    • Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser: Prices are stable and suppliers have good sight of stock for small quantities.
    • Hand soap and sanitiser in sealed cartridges: These are in very short supply and for the next 2-3 months people should consider changing to bulk fill.
    • Face Visors and Goggles: Prices have dropped slightly but expected to stay as they are now until the end of this year.
    • Disposable coveralls: None of the cheaper SMS garments are being manufactured because the material is being used for masks. The alternative higher priced products are not coming down in price.  Expect price reductions towards the end of 2020.
  5. Are the Government doing anything to help people buy PPE?

    The Government has advised that there will be a VAT exemption on essential PPE items from the 1st of May to the 31st of July 2020. This means a zero-rate of VAT will apply to sales of personal protective equipment (PPE) for Covid-19, this comes after the removal of import duty from PPE. Please see the Treasury News Story for more information.

  6. What PPE items are now VAT exempt?

    The items that are included within the essential PPE items list is as follows:

    • Disposable gloves
    • Disposable plastic aprons
    • Disposable fluid-resistant coveralls or gowns
    • Surgical masks – including fluid-resistant type
    • IIR surgical masks
    • Filtering face piece respirators
    • Eye and face protection – including single or reusable full-face visors or goggles.
  7. Are Mobile Hand Wash Stations available via the PPE framework?

    There are two different types of mobile hand wash stations available; one is a mobile sink with water provided by a tank that does not need to be plumbed into the main water supply. The other variation is a hand sanitiser dispenser attached to a stand where the sanitiser can be dispensed either by moving your hands under the sensor or via a foot pedal. These are available through the PPE framework and the suppliers will be able to best advise the most suitable product to meet your requirement.

  8. Do I need a Face mask?

    Further guidance on what PPE is required and when it should be used has been advised by government and can be viewed at the following link Government Guidance, members attention is drawn to point 10, Face Coverings as this is an area of high concern.

    The Government have released guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings, read the Government guidance here.

  9. Do you have any additional guidance on the PPE framework?

    We have created a brand new PPE webinar which has been designed for CPC members.

Should you have any further questions please contact the PPE, Clothing and Uniforms framework contract manager Myles Woodman at m.woodman@thecpc.ac.uk or 0161 974 0945.